Get Your Home Ship-Shape For Your New Baby
When you have a newborn on the way, it feels like your to-do list is endless. But, along with the 100 and 1 things you have to do to prepare yourself for the arrival of your bundle of joy; there’s the house to consider.
The best way to prepare for a new baby is to make a plan. So, here are 5 top tips to help you on the road to making your home ship-shape for your little one.
Plan In Advance
Leaving the preparations of your home to the last minute is a quick way to becoming a very stressed mom-to-be. Once you know you’re pregnant, take a house tour and make a list of everything that needs to be done. Then put it in order of importance. Because, no matter how good our intentions are, it’s highly likely that you won’t manage everything single thing on your to-do list. But if it’s ordered in importance, at least the must-do tasks will be done.
The new arrival may have prompted you to make a significant change, renovation, or move to a new house. If that’s the case, make sure you plan to do it early. Because moving boxes is much easier during the early months. And remember to keep your stress levels down. So if you have any mortgage worries, get them under wraps. Getting answers to your questions and concerns will do wonders to make a move easier.
Plan For The Future
It might seem counterintuitive, but hold off making any significant decoration commitments to the baby’s room. While part of nesting will mean preparing the space for your new arrival, the baby won’t make it there until several months after the birth. That’s because they’ll be sleeping in your room.
So to avoid having to redecorate a few months down the line, have a five-year plan for your little one’s room. A scheme that will evolve with your child is the best way to go. And waiting to decorate means you’ll be used to having a baby around. So you’ll have a better idea of what will work best for you and the little one.
Planning for the future includes thinking about future safety. It won’t be long before your baby learns to totter around on two feet. And then, before you know it, their curiosity will be leading them to all parts of your home. Consider their future safety when they’re young, so there isn’t a mad scramble to close up plug sockets once they start exploring.
Plan Your Meals
One of the best ways to prep your home for a new baby is to batch cook meals and freeze them. You might have visions of being a domestic goddess and juggling caring for the baby with chores like a modern Snow White.
Navigate the urge to order in by having nutritious meals in your freezer. That way, you’ll be eating better, so your body is more ready to take on the challenge of parenting. Another simple hack is to ask family members to bring food rather than gifts. It’s a personal way to get them involved. And it makes your life easier.
Plan To Get Smarter
Newborn babies are tiny. But they come with a lot of stuff. And you might find that you struggle to find somewhere to put it. Even the tiniest of homes will feel cluttered once the baby’s stuff arrives.
Get ahead of the game and declutter your home in advance. Storage boxes work great for bits and pieces that don’t need to be out while your baby is still young. Taking out a storage unit for the first year will help you declutter without the stress of finding a new place to put those things. If storage isn’t an option, use eBay or Depop to sell anything you don’t need. And then use the money to buy yourself something nice. Because you need pampering too.
Plan For Yourself
The idea of pampering leads us to our last point. There’s a hell of a lot to prepare for the arrival of a new life. And it can be easy to forget about yourself. But you, and your partner, are just as important as the baby.
Take the time to plan out chunks of the days ahead for yourself and your relationship. Ask family and friends to take the baby on a specific day each week so you and your partner can continue date nights. Even plan with your partner some time for yourselves each day. A time when either one of you takes the helm so the other can have a bath or alone time in peace. Your future selves will thank you.
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Preparing for a new baby can be overwhelming. While there will always be something new to add to your ever-growing to-do list, at least you can rest easy knowing the house is ready to go. Thanks to the top tips in this blog post.
But this isn’t an exhaustive list of things that can help you feel more ready to welcome a new baby into your home. Doing your own research is always a priority. It’ll help put your mind at ease. Even if the internet doesn’t have anything new to add, at least you’ll know you looked.
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